Join the Fairfax County Park Authority in celebrating the culturally rich Latinx and Spanish-speaking community and the contributions from this community to the conservation of our natural areas. During the month of July, FCPA - in partnership with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Defensores de la Cuenca, Northern Virginia Soil and Water District, and other community partners - will host free, family-friendly activities to engage the Latinx community, establish a relationship with participants, increase knowledge of the environment and awareness of environmental issues, increase understanding of the connections between our health and the health of the environment, help raise awareness of the various resources and programs that currently exist, and invite participants to stay engaged and grow in their interest of the environment.
Latinx Conservation Month is inspired by the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week. It is an inclusive celebration, and everyone is invited to celebrate with the FCPA. Take the opportunity to learn about the Park Authority’s offerings and connect with our green spaces.
Saturday July 10
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Nottoway Park Conservation Celebration: Join the Invasive Management Areas crew at Nottoway Park for a work day, tour of community gardens and demonstrations by community conservation organizations. Bring a picnic and enjoy Nottoway’s beautiful grounds.
Saturday July 17
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lake Fairfax Park: Celebrate watersheds in this lake front park. Enjoy a naturalist led hike, pedal boat outings, fishing opportunities and a dip in the Water Mine pool.
Saturday July 17
1:00- 2:00 p.m.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center: Native Reptiles and Amphibians in Spanish
Meet local species of snakes, turtles, frogs and more at an outdoor program conducted entirely in Spanish. Learn how to recognize from a safe distance our area’s only venomous snake, the northern copperhead. This program is part of the celebration of Latinx Conservation Month.Register Now
Thursday July 22
2: 00-3: 00 p.m.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center: Sign up for a bilingual naturalist led program.
The Wonders of Nature: Nocturnal Animals (1.0 hour)
Animals that hunt at night and hide during the day have adaptations that allow them to navigate in minimal light. These creatures are often misunderstood and are sometimes described in myths and legends as scary or dangerous. Separate fact from fiction and learn about the joy of sharing nature at night with children. We will also discuss easy ways to help children begin a lifelong fascination with the night sky.Register Now
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Frying Pan Farm Park: Enjoy a farm tour, carousel ride and learning about the connection of our natural world and food.
10:00 a.m.-1:00 pm
Educational Displays from community organizations.
Purple Monster - glass recycling
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Nature based activities
Water quality investigation
12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Music to celebrate Latino Heritage
1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Paddle boats use for registered participants.
2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Access to water park for registered participants
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Defensores de la Cuenca, Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Nottoway, Stormwater Planning Division of Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Latino Conservation Week, Sierra Club, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Fairfax County Park Foundation.
12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035